Where to Find Alaska’s Passenger Lists

National Archives and Records Administration

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The United States government kept custom house records and passenger lists for alien, immigrant, and citizen arrivals in various locations of Alaska. Most of the surviving records for the Eagle, Hyder, Ketchikan, Nome, and Skagway offices are from before 1920, but a few include the years between 1920 and 1946.

These records constitute direct, original, and primary information about individuals entering the United States. Indirect information, such as age, sex, marital status, and destination may also appear in these records.

Copies of these records are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington, where I am a professional genealogy researcher. Contact me to start a discussion about the possibilities of researching your family’s history. Likewise, if you would like more information about my genealogical research services, including information about fees, and range of materials available to research, I’d love to hear from you.

For more detailed information about these records, please see the NARA publications for:

  • M2016 — Index of alien arrivals at Eagle, Hyder, Ketchikan, Nome, and Skagway, Alaska, Jun 1906–Aug 1946.
  • M2017 — Lists of aliens arriving at Skagway (White Pass), Alaska, Oct 1906–Nov 1934.
  • M2018 — List of aliens arriving at Eagle, Alaska, Dec 1910–Oct 1938.

Sunday’s Obituary – Arthur W. Fox, 2 Jan., 1940 – Juneau, Alaska Territory


Remains of Juneau Attorney Discovered in Forenoon in His Rooms

Arthur W. Fox, well known Juneau attorney, was found dead this forenoon in his room in the Valentine Building, where it is believed he had passed away about 24 hours before. He was seen Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock outside of the building by Mrs. Ruth Marshall.

Born in England, Judge Fox was 64 years of age. He came to the United States in the nineties. Living for several years in California, he was purser on a ship which operated between San Francisco and Australia.

In 1902 he came to the Territory and lived in both Hyder and Ketchikan before taking up permanent residence in Juneau in 1922. He was employed by the Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. for some time after coming here and was also connected with the Pacific Coast Steamship Co. He was City Clerk for two years and was Deputy Clerk of the Court at one time. Judge Fox served as United States Commissioner at Hyder, Ketchikan and in Juneau, holding this position the last time during Judge Justine W. Harding’s term of office. He was admitted to the bar in 1910 and for the past several years had his law office in the Valentine Building.

Mr. Fox was well known and respected in the Territory. He was a member of Mount Juneau Lodge No. 147, Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was affiliated also with the Elks Lodge in this city.

No living relatives are known and the remains are at the Charles W. Carter Mortuary.

An inquest was being held at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon.

Juneau Alaska Empire, 2 January 1940, page 1, column 5